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"Road Opener is a powerful spiritual aid when trying to clear away remnants of past blockages, set-backs, or slow-downs. It is used to open the door to a better future, both when remedying crossed conditions and when embarking upon new ventures."
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The label shown here is from a Lucky Mojo brand Road Opener Vigil Candle, burned by those who wish to bust through blocked conditions, overcome obstacles, and get off to a strong start in any kind of venture.
The same herbs and fragrances used to dress this candle for customers and clients are the basis of Lucky Mojo Road Opener dressing oil . used for anointing oneself, fixing the home, preparing orange offertory candles or feeding a mojo bag. These herbs and scents also can be found in Road Opener incense powder, sachet powder, and bath crystals.
Like the rest of the Lucky Mojo line, this product contains genuine herbal essential oils, not synthetic fragrances. Lucky Mojo labels are adapted from vintage packaging and in many cases the images are as traditional as the ingredients themselves.
Road Opener is one of a family of related formulas that also includes Uncrossing, Van Van, and Safe Travel Fear Not To Walk Over Evil products. Each one of these old-time recipes is slightly different -- some placing emphasis on spiritual opening of the way, others on material travel or protection while on the road -- but they have in common the underlying aim of enhancing the magician's internally generated forces, enabling action upon the external world.
The above formulas may, of course, be mixed and matched in any way that suits the practitioner, or may be teamed up with formulas from another line of goods, such as a financial or money luck formula like Money Drawing, or a passion and sexual love spell formula like Love Me.
If you have been heavily crossed, you should probably start with an Uncrossing spell, to take off the mess. After that, if you find no refreshing change on the horizon, you may decide that you are somewhat "stuck" due to suffering the aftereffects of the previous troubles -- and, if so, you can work with Road Opener spiritual supplies to get started into forward motion once again.
Similarly, if you have not been cursed or jinxed, but feel "stuck" and devoid of forward movement in any aspect of life, Road Opener may be what you need.
A similar line of goods, reputed to change bad luck to good luck, but not necessarily associated with forward movement, is called Van Van -- and these supplies will mix well with Road Opener supplies.
How you choose to use Road Opener spiritual supplies is, of course, up to you, but one very traditional method is to employ them in conjunction with Bible Psalms, while petitioning for all that is desired.
Here are some Psalms associated with road opening:
Psalms 16:11: Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
Psalms 23:3: He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Psalms 25:4: Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths.
Psalms 25:10: All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.
Psalms 119:35: Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight.
Psalms 119:105: Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
Another popular hoodoo prayer for use in rituals of road opening is the old Celtic, Irish, Scottish or Scots-Irish "God Before Me Prayer" prayer. This prayer has been used in African American conjure practice since at least the late 19th century, as was documented by the folklorist Mary Alicia Owen in an 1892 article about Luck Balls or Jack Balls
SCOTS-IRISH PRAYER FOR THE ROAD
God before me God behind me I on Thy path, O God Thou, O God, in my steps. In the twistings of the road. In the currents of the river. Be with me by day. Be with me by night. Be with me by day and by night.
There are thousands of specific spells that employ a variety of hoodoo spiritual supplies. Here are some of the ways you can use Road Opener brand spiritual supplies to attract the luck you desire.
You may perform spells for increasing strength, energy, and force of will whenever you desire. If the need is not urgent, you can take time to align your spell-casting with cosmic forces and work by a Waxing Moon Phase, so that the Moon grows bigger while you work. But don't let the Moon Phases hold you back: if the timing is not right, you can do the work whenever it is best for you.
Before dawn dissolve half the packet of Road Opener Bath Crystals into a tub of hot water. Pour the water over your head 9 times as you say your prayer and name what you want. Air-dry yourself and collect a basin of the used bath water, which now has your essence in it. Dress in fresh, clean clothes, carry the basin of bath-water to a crossroads and throw the water toward the sunrise in the East. Walk back home and don't look back.
Dust your body, your important paperwork, or your socks and shoes with Road Opener Sachet Powder, or sprinkle a pinch of Road Opener Sachet Powder in the four corners of the room where you plan to meet with those whom you wish to infuence. Each time, say your prayer and name what you want.
Make the Road Opener Incense Powders into cones (use a twist of paper or a small candle snuffer cone, pack the incense in with your finger, and turn it out of the cone) or place it loose on a brazier. Many people find that keeping a pot of Incense smoking while they work increases their ability to break through into a spiritual space or magical way of working.
Carve your full name on a orange Offertory Candle and dress the candle with Road Opener Oil. As you dress it, speak aloud your petition, such as, "God over me, God before me, God behind me, I on thy path, O God, Thou, O God, in my steps."
You may burn the candle in sections (generally 15 minutes at a time) or let it burn through to the end, no matter how long it takes. If you burn it in sections, you may fnd it a good idea to light and burn the incense each time as well.
If you want the spell to be ongoing, or want a light at home to "back you up" while you are about your business, you would be better off to use a fixed and prepared Road Opener Glass Encased Vigil Candle. Write your petition on paper, cross it with your name written 9 times, and set the Vigil Light in a safe place, such as the sink, bath tub, or shower stall, where it will not cause any problems while you are out.
Whenever it is convenient for you, dissolve the remaining half of the bath crystals in hot water and add the liquid to the rinse water when you do your laundry, especially your underwear and stockings. When you wear these clothes, you will be "dressed" for luck.
It is important to properly dispose of ritual remains. Because these are magic spells for an open road, you may want to place the remains at a crossroads. Wrap up any left-over candle wax, incense ashes, and used sachet powders in a piece of cloth. Secure and tie it with thread or string. Leave them where two roads cross.
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